India is a land of diverse culture and tradition. Each and every place has its own distinct essence and myth. Here we are going to explore South India, a major part of India that is generally referred as the ‘Hindu Heartland’. The Southern part of India has various temples, beaches, historical ruins, charming waterways, hills, luxuriant trees and a place covered by palm fringed. Further, its Ayurveda treatment and varied wildlife and richness in history, culture and tradition give you endless experiences.
So get ready to take a pleasure of the ever enchanting tourist places of Southern India encompassing the Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa.
Kerala is a major tourist destination on the southern tip of India. It is also known as “The God’s own Country“, a slogan given by the Kerala Tourism department. Here are various enchanting tourist spots.
Cochin, a gateway to Kerala also known as Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi is a fascinating city of eclectic cultures having glimpse of Portuguese, Arabs, Dutch, British and the Chinese. Kochi is the perfect place for backwater cruise and traditional dances like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and other art forms of Kerala. The ancient churches, Jew town, Veega land, century old synagogues, hill palace museum, Santa Cruz Basilica, Museum of Kerala history and Chinese fishing net make it a must see tourist spot.
Munnar in Kerala is just like the Switzerland in Europe. The verdant green mountains embellished by tea and coffee plantations and mist-capped hill station give you heavenly feeling and the nature’s best experience. There are so many enthralling places to visit like the Mattupetty Lake and dam, the Swiss Dairy farm project, Rajamala, Pothamedu and Devikulam Waterfalls and others. It is the best place for adventurous travelers as there are many places to explore such as wilderness of the dense forests through trekking paths, forest camping, bird watching and mountain climbing.
Thekkady is the best place for wildlife lovers as this place boasts of the mighty Indian elephant, Great Indian tiger, deer, boars, smaller mammals, birds and all others. Its Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is among the few Indian reserve forests which permits trekking. You can also enjoy boating in Periyar Lake and can observe many water birds at close range.
Madurai, the oldest city of Tamil Naidu, is known for its famous Meenakshi Temple. In fact, Madurai is also referred as temple town due the location of this temple. This temple has become a market place and social hub for the city instead of just a place of devotion as it attracts numbers of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. The 17th Century Thirumalai Nayak Palace is another place to visit in this city. Each year in April, the 12 day Chithirai Festival is held here for performing the celestial wedding of God and Goddess that further makes it a best tourist place.
Ooty is the most famous hill station that listed in the UNESCO World Heritage and often referred as Queen of Blue Mountains. Its lake, awesome color and scents of Sim’s park, a lovely scène from Doddabetta, Dolphin’s nose and Lamb’s rock that blend of nature’s play and all its beauty give you endless and continue fun and pleasure.
Kanyakumari, earlier known as ‘Cape Comorin’ is named after the temple of the Virgin Goddess. This temple stands on the shore of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. So, this is the place where you can see intermingling of the three seas. The places which make it a tourist destination include Suchindram temple, Thiruvalluvar statue, Padmanabhapuram palace, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Government Museum and Gandhi memorial.
Mysore is one of the most popular destinations in Karnataka. Many worth seeing sights are here including Somnathpur, palace, the hill temple, fabulous markets especially its flower market and others beautiful scenes. Besides this, Mysore is also known for its Lalitha Mahal, a world class heritage hotel where you can enjoy a cup of tea even if you are not staying here. This city is famous for weaving, sandalwood products and incense production.
Goa is a hot tourist destination in India. You will find both Indian and Western influences in its life style, culture and architecture of its towns and villages. The outstanding scenic beauty and the magnificent architecture of old houses, temples and churches attract travelers not only from India but also from all over the world. That’s why it is also called as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Rome of the East” and “Tourist Paradise”.
As its name denotes, it is a place of islands where you can see hundreds of islands that are bordered by snow white coral sands. You can reach here from Kochi either by air or sea. You can take pleasure of water sports like kayaking, diving, swimming, snorkeling and wind-surfing in Lagoons that spread over 36 islands.
Apart from Madurai, many cities and towns of South India are known as temple towns like Rameshwaram and Mahabalipuram. The most famous temples include Jagannath Temple, Lingaraja Temple, Sabarimala Temple, Guruvayoor Temple and Tirupati Tirumala Balaji.
Backwaters of South India
Backwaters of Kerala attract numerous Indians as well as foreign visitors. Trivandrum, Alappuzha, Kollam and Kumarakom are the locations that you can visit and take pleasure of water sports.
Beaches in South India
The beaches in South India with fresh coconut water and deep Blue Ocean offer you a memorial visit or tour.
The worth seeing beaches are Rameshwaram Beach, Kovalam beach, Marari beach, Maple beach, Mahe Beach, Marina Beach, Kappad beach and of course the Varkala beach.
Indeed, a trip to South India would give you a lot of loving memories. It is the best ever place especially for nature lovers, adventure lovers and wanderlust who will always be welcomed with nature’s best. I think there is hardly anyone who wants to miss out such a diverse collection of South India as the spellbinding impressions of this place take one’s soul to a different enchanting land. So why are you waiting? Just go to explore South India.